Dear Rod: Just My Two Cents


Editor’s Note: Pretty much every time I felt Temple did the right thing on a coaching hire, I dashed off a note to the new coach congratulating him on the gig. That meant only Al Golden and Matt Rhule got letters. Al sent me a note telling me that he was still waiting on a player who could turn out to be the best in his first class, Kee-Ayre Griffin, and asking me to wish him luck. Matt called me and we had a very cordial and nice 35-minute conversation and he picked my brain on which Temple fans to network with and how to build support. Haven’t heard from Rod yet, but will keep his thoughts under wraps until after he’s gone when I do. If it’s after six years with four division and two league titles, it will be a successful run. We typed this on a word processor and sent it in an old-fashioned, stamped envelope. He should have received it last Thursday.

Dear Rod,

Belated congratulations for getting the Temple head coaching job from a 40-year season ticket holder and Temple alumn.
I wanted to send this right away but knew you were engrossed in hitting the ground running with recruiting and staffing obligations but I was there in the room on the day you introduced and was impressed in a way that I was not on prior coaching introductions.
I have a vested interest in you succeeding because, ever since Al Golden left, I’ve always felt that the Temple head coaching model should be hiring a successful FBS head coach and you certainly fit that description.
Golden was what Temple needed in 2005–someone who knew how to build a program from the ground up–with a binder full of ideas on how to do it.
Once he left five years later, the program was already established and 20,000 Temple fans drove down I95 from Philadelphia to watch the Owls play UCLA in the Eagle Bank Bowl.
Since then, it’s been a succession of coordinators with eyes on a higher prize than Temple. These kids are the prize and they deserve the stability someone like you can give them and that’s the same kind of stability you gave those kids at Northern Illinois.
I have a strong feeling you will hit the ground running because this is a ready-made team with very little in the way of holes to be filled.
With the Owls seven-deep at the wide receiver position, nothing would help you hit the ground running (pun intended) than making Isaiah Wright a lead tailback.
Just my two cents. I’m sure others will offer their two cents as well. It comes with the territory, as you well know.
Again, congratulations. As underwhelmed I was the day Manny Diaz was hired, that’s how overwhelmed I was on your day.
Good luck,
Mike Gibson
Thursday: Who’s Coming and Who’s Staying?
Saturday: The Second Recruiting Day

16 thoughts on “Dear Rod: Just My Two Cents

    • Great read although I was not able to click on any embedded links

    • Collins is a clown. For a guy so into branding why did he destroy the Temple Tuff brand with his clam diggers, Patenfraud offense, and chintzy money down nonsense. His abandonment of a full back when he had Sharga was coaching malpractice of the highest degree and did more to hurt the Temple Tuff brand than even his bad coaching. By the way, the way to build a brand is by winning consistently which means that you win all of the games you should win and grab an upset every now and then, something he failed miserably while coach at TU. GT will soon realize that they made a big mistake in hiring this phony.

      • I agree. For Collins to be successful, he’s going to have to make the same kind of tough decisions that Matt Rhule made (i.e., demoting a friend, Satterfield) to get someone competent in a key job (Thomas) who was not a friend. I have not seen any evidence that Collins is able to overcome his blind spot about friendship and business.

  1. Blaze, maybe Bob Evans restaurants? I think Illinois and Philly have them.

  2. National Signing Day, Temple – 0

  3. so far 1 new recruit as of noon today. Does this have implications ? Can we see to wait for a few more yet, as they may well be playing letsmakeadeal with other schools > And Is this a 1 da only event or can we hope more in a day or two.?

  4. Scholarships are year to year so some kids with scholarships may not have theirs renewed for next year.

    • As much as I hated Collins giving the Public League wide receiver a full scholarship after the FINAL game of the regular season, it would be pretty shitty for Carey to pull it now just because scholarships are year-to-year. I would hope he would honor it.

      • Mike-Tough decision for a coach. What if keeping a kid who can’t contribute on game day means TU can’t accept a Montel Harris or Rock Ya Sin because TU doesn’t have a scholarship for him? One of the downsides of the new transfer rules means that kids will surely lose scholarships.

      • Agree

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